Hanoi — The relationship between China and Vietnam has made substantial progress, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday at a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, according to a Xinhua report.
Li arrived in Vietnam earlier Sunday for the last leg of his first Southeast Asia tour as premier, after stops in Brunei and Thailand.
The premier said China and Vietnam have made a breakthrough in bilateral cooperation, pledging to advance maritime, onshore, and financial cooperation.
The two nations also agreed to continue to work together to enhance political mutual trust, maintain high-level exchanges, maximize common interests and minimize divergencies, and safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea, Li said.
They also vowed to build a financial security network to safeguard against potential risks for their economic stability, based on lessons learned from the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s.
Li said he and Dung believed common interests and consensus between their two nations far outweigh their disputes and differences.
“We are determined and able to push forward the sound, long-term development of China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership,” he said.